The Real Estate Development Summit, Sub-Sahara Edition is a conclave that converges delegates and solution providers together to find their ideal prospects and meet the requirements while connecting them with the key players in the industry to explore business opportunities and deal-making strategies. The Summit is scheduled to take place on the 25th & 26th July at The Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africaand also aims to create opportunities to all the attendees that benefits them with customizable solutions in varied capacities.
The summit ill host delegates from Sub-Saharan African regions which includes South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Leon has more than 12-years experience in consulting across Africa. The core focus of the consulting was to assess infrastructure and maintenance projects in South Africa and to implement successful methodologies to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. This experience highlighted the importance of adopting a BIM culture and the results it could yield if implemented correctly. For the last 5 years Leon gained experience in the CAD software world and he recently helped launch a new company to support SMME’s with adopting a successful BIM process.
Shiralee Darley, South African born, fully qualified in Interior Design heads up Darley Interior Architectural Design (DIAD) – an internationally experienced team of innovative and dynamic
Shiralee, at the onset of her career gained experience in Retail Design working for one of South Africa’s leading Architectural firms – this extended on her Interior Design background by adding Architectural experience. In 1991, she followed her yearn for Leisure and Hospitality Design and became a key leader in raising the bar for South African Hospitality Design.
Under the name of the top international company, Wilson Associates, she established an office and team of Designers who initially focused on new Hotel and Resorts in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. These include, amongst others, Sugar Beach Resort and Le Telfair Resort – both in Mauritius as well as Zimbali Forest Lodge in Kwazulu Natal and The Royal Livingstone Resort – Zambia, Tsogo Sun’s Intercontinental Palazzo Hotel and Oliver Tambo Airport Intercontinental Hotel.
Shiralee also successfully secured the award for the luxurious redesign of the Blue Train, one of South Africa’s tourism icons. Ambitiously expanding her business opportunities, Shiralee negotiated hotel projects in the UAE, successfully securing and completing signature hotels including the One and Only Royal Mirage Hotels – Dubai, Park Hyatt Hotel – Dubai Creek, as well as the Shangri-La Hotel – Abu Dhabi.
In 2009, DIAD secured the commission for the Emirates First & Business Class Lounges for the new Dubai International A380 Concourse and her Design Teams Portfolio extended to Airport Design.
Shiralee’s team now have 14 Hotel projects across Africa for top Brands including ACCOR, Carlson Rezidor, Hilton and Marriott.
As Founder & Chief Executive, Shiralee continues to promote and develop young designers and manage her dynamic design team ensuring an uncompromising level of high quality interior architectural design, innovative international experience and proven ability alongside her excellent rapport and longstanding relationships
Kim joined the development team of AccorHotels in Johannesburg in November 2017. As Development Director Kim is responsible for the development of AccorHotels brands from economy to luxury segments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Previously, Kim spent eight years at Hospitality Property Fund, the only hotel REIT listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. As VP Investments, she played a pivotal role in acquiring and disposing of hotel assets in South Africa.
Kim has a bachelor degree in hospitality management from the Hotelschool The Hague and a master degree in financial management from RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
German is a creative thinker, combining an architectural design mindset with highly analytical thinking. Holding a professional degree in Architecture, he has worked on multiple projects around the globe ranging from the design of small residential typologies to the coordination of over 140.000 sqm mixed-use developments. He has always looked for new and better ways to use technology and processes to achieve a superior architectural experience in a shorter period of time.
Today, as a BIM Manager, he is constantly seeking new ways to disrupt the traditional process and develop a collaborative mindset across the industry.
Janine specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM into everyday workflows. She develops and oversees the BIM/Revit Workflows and Standards at DSA Architects. Her role as BIM Manager includes continuous staff development, user and project based support, maintaining the DSA Revit template and family libraries and overseeing the implementation of BIM workflows on projects.
Skilled in emerging software/application options forming the future of BIM, Janine is a proven leader in the best practices and methodology for integrating technology into everyday workflows for the AEC industry.
Starting with (3D) coordination to generating (4D) schedules and (5D) quantities from models, Janine has delved deep into the BIM process. In addition, she’s had the opportunity to share this knowledge with audiences and publications across South Africa as a speaker at the 3rd Building Information Modelling in Africa Conference 2018. Janine spoke about “Learning on the job – BIM is the way, but how?”, a presentation which resonated with delegates. Janine’s article, “Learning BIM on the job”, was published in the June 2018 issue of PositionIT Magazine.
Tim is the Business Development Director and Head of Hospitality Design at Bentel Associates International, a well-known Johannesburg-based Masterplanning, Architectural and Interior Design practice, and has over 20 years experience in the design and construction of hotels and resorts across Africa, Indian Ocean Islands and the Middle-East.
Tim is a registered Architect and a graduate of the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture, receiving his Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 1996 and Bachelor of Architecture in 1999. In 2012, he joined Extrabold Hotel Management, an independent hotel operator, as their Group Development Director, responsible for sourcing management agreements and working alongside project professional teams with respect to operator technical input.
In 2015, Tim joined Bentel Associates International to focus on hospitality projects and to grow their pipeline of work across all asset classes. The practice is currently overseeing 9 hotel projects of over 1400+ keys under construction in South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Tim is passionate about hospitality design and planning, having worked as a Consultant and also Operator-side, gaining invaluable expertise on numerous hotel and resort projects which are internationally, regionally, or locally branded (sometimes unbranded) and ranging in size and across multiple segments from budget hotels through to ultra-luxury resorts.
A South African national, McLachlan is based at Radisson Hotel Group’s Africa Regional Support Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Andrew is responsible for growing the company’s dynamic portfolio of hotels and brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Andrew’s career in the hotel industry started in 1990 before being formally enrolled in an in-house Hotel Management programme with Protea Hotels. In 1994 he won the Hotel Graduate of the Year Award in South Africa and held various management positions and by 1997 he proudly took over the challenging task of a hotel General Manager at a Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. In 1999, he moved on to the position of Protea Hotels Group Brand Communications Manager and in 2002 set his foot into the development world as Protea Hotels Special Projects Manager.
In December 2006, Andrew joined Radisson as Director Business Development and was promoted to Senior Director and Vice President and thereafter Senior Vice President Business Development in May 2016. He established the group’s presence in the region through a dedicated development office in Cape Town and is now spearheading Radisson Hotel Group’s growth strategies in this important emerging market.
Within the last two years Radisson Hotel Group has opened a new hotel in Africa every 45 days and signed a new hotel deal every 37 days. Today Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson features in thetop 10 hotel brands in Africa when ranked by the number of hotels according to the study prepared by W-Hospitality.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys mountain-biking and spending quality time with his wife and two
Nicholas is both strategic and hands on project BIM Coordinator, with experience working in an Architectural and Structural reference with 24 years behind him, consulting, designing, implementing and training Engineering and Architectural Teams and organisations while being a director in the African Autodesk Technical AEC Channel for 11 years. Nicholas has worked on a wide range of Architectural, Structural Industrial and MEP projects, both as Principal, Senior Technologist and Lead Standards Creation, IPD (Integrated Projects Delivery) Manager, BIM Manager or Digital Engineering Lead and as such has significant insight and value of understanding the project and disciplines as a whole and in their individual disciplines and putting together systems and BIM Deliverables.
He has been a Technical Director in the Autodesk African Channel and part of the development team, developing online Revit take-off and other 3rd party cloud based and VR applications.
It is essentially important that the right mix and levels of people are brought in early on and at various stages of these projects, trained where necessary and briefed to all coherently deliver fully integrated and coordinated projects in a timeous manor where teams are no longer working as isolated Silos but integrating their rich project data in a central rich and live repository known as a BIG BIM Model with its related datasets. This is achieved by having like-minded people having an attitude to work together, learn and share knowledge and skills openly. Nicholas has been trained in Architecture and Business Management, Accounting, Sales & Negotiations, Autodesk products and BIM solutions and together with his vast IT background in systems Engineering, professional Autodesk training and experience in project deliveries, Sales management, Cad software, implementation and creation of protocols and standards, it allows him to better understand and find solutions to the various complexities involved in the AEC BIM Integrated Design Environment across all disciplines. He is on the BIM Institutes Lead Committee and BIMcommUNITY Africa and often gives of his time and expertise at workshops, talks and chairing various Industry events. Nicholas has significant experience in initiating, managing and developing Project Models and BIM Teams, Including large complex multi-disciplinary projects for the Public and Private, Industrial, Mining and Medical sectors
Toni is a property pioneer and business leader with a record of unprecedented financial performance in a world-first cloud -based agency providing dynamic and world class leadership, skilled negotiating and business development success, tech-savvy and social media strategies. This, combined with expert qualifications, performance and revolutionary motivational tactics drives him to achieve peak performance in the ever changing property industry.
World citizen. Special Envoy at UN-Habitat . Continuous traveller through the Silk Road discovering
over a 100 countries and more than 500 cities. Recipient of presidential medals from several
governments Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean from Mauritius.
Elevated to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by
the French Republic. Chairperson of several institutions, namely Smart Cities in Mauritius and Board
member of UK Future Cities Catapult. Present Chair of Visio Architecture, Port Louis Development
Initiative, Africa Clean Energy Solutions. Lectured at several universities throughout the world and at
Tsinghua and La Sorbonne.